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Planners call for housing standards in building regulations

20 November 2013

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) the largest professional institute for planners in Europe representing its 23,000 members in the public, private, charitable and education sectors today backed the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry’s report on Code for Sustainable Homes and the  Housing Standards Review which has rejected the Government’s recommendation that councils should incorporate revised housing standards into their Local Plans.

Government should move immediately to update and amend the Building Regulations

RTPI President Dr Peter Geraghty said: “Government should move immediately to update and amend the Building Regulations rather than ask that, generally overstretched and under-resourced, Local Planning Authorities should institute Local Plan reviews to justify and incorporate new – and probably lower - standards as a merely interim measure.

Meanwhile, the retention and review of the Code for Sustainable Homes would fit well with the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ within the National Planning Policy Framework and would encourage local authorities and builders alike to continue to consolidate the gains made since the introduction of the Code."

  • The RTPI’s written evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee on the Code for Sustainable Homes can be found here. 
  • The Environmental Audit Committee report can be found here.